Review // Illuminae (Audio vs ARC)


Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

23395680.jpgformat: print arc/ audible

source: NYCC

pages: 599

genre: scifi 



stars: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Originally I read this as an arc and after hearing that the audio was amazing, I stole my dad’s audible credits and got it. At first it seemed super similar, but eventually I started to notice the changes.

Idk how to describe this book, but just OMG. It was super intense, but also funny at times. Kady and Ezra and AIDAN are all my children even though AIDAN is super fucked up. This review seems super short, but idk.

I’d 100% rec this to someone trying to get into audiobooks because the arc was painful to get through. The audio seems long at first, but by the end you’re going to wish it was longer.

Have you read/listened to Illuminae? Did you like it?

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